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Ghana 1 Australia 1 – Black Stars squander, Socceroos fight

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Ghana waste their one man advantage, while Australia rally strongly in the second half.

Don’t shoot!

Hopeful long shots formed the bulk of Ghana’s attacking efforts. They needed to be more ambitious and create quality chances. Their best moment was Boateng’s pass to Gyan in the 71st minute: a simple ball that allowed the striker to expose the defence’s lack of pace. No goals in three hours of open play suggest a need for a change.

Big, hairy and effective

Hitting long balls up to a target-man is not clever but it can work. From the moment he was introduced, Josh Kennedy caused Ghana’s young defence problems. He should start against Serbia

Weaker but braver

Despite being a man down and lacking an attacking player of real class, Australia were bolder in attack. They were willing to gamble and commit men forward. Too many teams have been too defensive in this tournament: it was great to see a team go for it.

What next?

Ghana will lose to Germany and be left sweating on the result in the other game. Australia showed enough today to suggest they might just pick up a draw against Serbia.

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Comments (4)

  1. I do not agree with you at all Ghana is topping the group now and be rest assured we will dismantle Germany to help us destroy your hyped England team.

  2. I believe in God and believe in ghana, our stars have the CAN DO SPIRIT. Go Africa, Go Ghana, Go black stars.

  3. Kwame, I will definitely be cheering Ghana against Germany – it would be great if they could get a win, I just think it will be tough.

    This tournament needs an African team to succeed and Ghana have the potential to do this.

    Do either of you have any thoughts on Ghana’s goal-scoring troubles?

  4. Australia would have won that game confortably if Kewell hadn’t been sent off (a rubbish rule that spoilt their chances).

    I don’t rate Ghana……Germany and Serbia to progress as the 2 best sides in the group.